There is an obscure bug in Internet Explorer 4.x that prevents the Work Offline from being de-selected.

If you are experiencing this bug, you may also receive a Navigation Canceled message.

Microsoft has not found the cause (or the fix) for this problem.

To work around this problem, create a minimized shortcut to a batch file which will launch Internet Explorer, after you dial (or see tip 090):

@echo off
regedit /s <Drive:>\Folder\OnLine.reg
REM Optionally switch to your prefered download directory
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE"
exit

where OnLine.reg contains:

REGEDIT4

\[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\]
"GlobalUserOffline"=dword:00000000